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What Is the Best Shape of Glasses for an Oval Face? 

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Dr. Matt Barber modeling a pair of Etnia frames glasses at CHROMA's practice in Fort Worth.

The most important thing to keep in mind when picking new glasses is this: if you don’t like how they look, they’re not the right shape, style, or fit for your face. 

You should love your glasses, so finding a frame shape that makes you smile is one of the most important steps for picking new glasses. With that in mind, you can also choose specific frame shapes that fit well with certain facial features. 

Fortunately for those with oval facial features, there are plenty of options. Almost any frame shape fits an oval face, so the best shapes of glasses for an oval face include:

  • Square and rectangular glasses
  • Round glasses
  • Cat-eye glasses
  • Aviator Glasses

When you visit us for an eye exam, we’ll take the time to help you browse our collection of frames and lenses to find a combination that feels right for you.

How Do You Know Your Glasses Suit Your Face?

Picking frames that fit your face is often about creating contrast and balance with your facial features. So, the glasses that suit your face will either blend with your facial features to create symmetry or stand out to bring more attention to what you love about your face. 

Creating Contrast or Balance

Square glasses fit well with an oval face shape because their straight lines contrast with the rounded features at the top and bottom of an oval face. Round frames fit well because they can create a balanced effect when you combine them with your face’s natural curves. 

The unique shape of cat-eye glasses can draw more attention to your cheekbones and stand out from the even proportions of an oval face. Aviator glasses can use their big curves and bold eyebrow line to help your look draw attention with a shape that still blends in. 

Which Shape of Glasses Doesn’t Suit an Oval Face?

While it’s technically true that any glasses you love are the right choice—and that most frame shapes fit oval faces—there is one specific style that may not create a look you like: oversized and undersized frames. 

Glasses that are much wider or smaller than your face can unbalance the natural symmetry of oval face shapes—and they may be uncomfortable, too. 

CHROMA infographic showing how different types of lenses look on an oval face shape.

What Is an Oval Face Shape?

An oval face shape is a face that’s about twice as long from top to bottom as it is wide. Oval faces generally narrow slightly at the forehead and chin. The width of oval faces is usually even for most of the length, with a forehead width that matches the width of your jaw—or they are widest at the cheekbones.  

How Do You Measure Your Face Shape?

You’ll need: 

  • A dry-erase marker
  • A ruler or measuring tape
  • A mirror

Look in a mirror and use a dry-erase marker to trace the outline of your face—or have a friend do it for you. Then, use a ruler or measuring tape to draw dotted lines along the height of your face and the width of your forehead, cheekbones, and jawline. 

Compare your measurements to the average height and width of other face shapes. Remember: no 2 faces are identical, but the similarities between your measurements and other face shapes can help you find the shape that most matches your face.

What Are the Other Common Face Shapes?

  • Square face shapes have an even width for their forehead, cheeks, and jawline, with angular lines at the corners. 
  • Round face shapes have slightly wider cheekbones, a forehead and jawline with equal widths, and rounded lines at the corners. 
  • Diamond face shapes have a narrow forehead and chin with wide, defined cheekbones. 
  • Heart face shapes have a wider forehead with a width that gradually narrows at the cheekbones and then narrows even more at the jawline. 

Who Can Pull Off Cat-Eye Glasses? 

Just like oval faces are like a universal shape when it comes to matching with different frame shapes, cat-eye glasses are a universal style that can complement most face shapes. 

The top angles of cat-eye glasses can draw attention upward and balance out faces that narrow at the bottom, such as oval or heart-shaped faces, as well as faces with round features, while the rounded bottoms of cat-eye glasses can add smoothness to balance the facial features of those with angular faces, such as square or diamond faces. 

Who Looks Good in Geometric Glasses? 

Geometric glasses have big, bold shapes, often with straight lines and defined angles. Their angles and lines can make them a good fit for faces with rounded features, but those with more angular features can also enjoy the look of geometric glasses. 

You’ll want to consider whether you prefer rounded geometric frames, which could be a great choice for those with sharper features, or square geometric frames, which could be a fantastic choice for people with softer facial features. 

Four different pairs of Lindberg glasses frames offered by CHROMA in Fort Worth.

Find the Glasses You Love at CHROMA modern Eyewear Eyecare

Our extensive selection of eyewear includes a variety of glasses from iconic brands like Ray-Ban, Prada, and Tom Ford; innovative, eye-catching frames from exciting designers like l.a.Eyeworks, Blackfin, and Lindberg, as well as a blend of modern and sophisticated styles from our own brand, CHROMA

At CHROMA modern Eyewear Eyecare, meeting all your needs is important to us—and that includes offering a carefully curated selection of eyewear that can fit anyone’s style, personality, and face shape. Book an appointment today to get a personalized eye care and eyewear experience.

Dr. Matt Barber of CHROMA modern Eyewear Eyecare

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Dr. Matt Barber

Dr. Matthew G. Barber began seeing patients at CHROMA in September of 2001. For over two decades, Dr. Barber has worked diligently to provide cutting-edge eye care to the people of Fort Worth and its surrounding areas while providing a warm and friendly environment for his patients. He wanted to give the community of Fort Worth something unique and special, and so CHROMA was born.

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